Detailed Job Description
Responsible for the accounting operations of the University which include accounts payable, general accounting and grants and contract accounting. As the University's chief accounting officer, the Controller is responsible for financial reporting, financial policies and procedures, establishing and monitoring internal controls, implementing and monitoring tax and regulatory changes, and developing and implementing best business practices.
1. Provides direction and leadership to the offices of accounts payable, general accounting, and grants and contracts accounting. Establishes priorities and deadlines. Provides trouble-shooting and problem-solving support to first-line managers.
2. Ensures that appropriate accounting procedures are established, reviewed, updated, and effectively applied. Establishes an environment that balances strong internal controls with excellent customer service. Recommends changes and updates to university accounting policies. Leads "best practices" and quality improvement initiatives using Lean tools and strategies.
3. Actively participates in university-wide technology planning. Directs the functional aspects of implementing and maintaining technology services for the accounting offices, in coordination with the technical aspects managed by IT Services.
4. Coordinates the production of internal and external financial reports. Manages and participates in the year-end closing process and financial statement preparation. Reviews reports prepared by staff prior to distribution. Ensures that tax and regulatory reporting deadlines are met.
5. Prepares and presents financial analysis reports for senior management, including the Finance and Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees. Works with the Vice President for Finance and Business Services to design reports that communicate meaningful and accurate information.
6. Monitors tax issues, regulatory developments, and changes in generally accepted accounting principles. Leads the implementation of new accounting standards. Ensures that the university remains compliant with changing external requirements.
7. Works with the Internal Auditor to coordinate the annual independent audit and regular internal audits. Pursues and resolves audit findings and recommendations.
8. Participates on university committees as requested. Represents accounting perspectives and financial policies to constituencies across the university community and as the University's representative on accounting issues at the Ohio Board of Regents and the Inter-University Council.
9. Fosters an environment that encourages positive and productive change. Ensures that goal-setting and performance appraisals are performed on a regular basis. Promotes the development of new skills and competencies by staff members. Fosters team-building within the offices and collaborative efforts with other offices.
10. Performs other projects and duties as assigned by the Vice President for Finance and Business Services.
The position requires a Bachelor's degree in accounting and a track record of progressively responsible experience in financial management. Significant experience with complex computer-based transaction processing, financial reporting systems, spreadsheet-based analysis and decision support systems is required. Other minimum qualifications include extensive managerial experience, strong written and verbal communication skills, a commitment to collaborative teamwork, and high standards of customer service.
CPA or CMA certification and/or a Master's degree are preferred.
Previous accounting and management experience in a higher education environment is highly desirable.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Position requires a criminal background check.